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Do You Want to Address the Root Cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease without Medication? Here Is All You Need to Know.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which is also referred to as IBD, is a group of inflammatory conditions affecting the intestines and colon. The two main forms of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. These two diseases, despite falling under the umbrella of IBD and sharing many symptoms, are actually quite different. Distinguishing between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis allows me to choose the most effective strategy for my clients. (1) Once you CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation, I will start my understanding the location of the inflammation, the specific symptoms, and the possible causes which will provide clues that can eventually lead to a solution.

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Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, affect as many as three million Americans, most of whom are diagnosed before age 35. These chronic, life-long conditions can be treated but not cured, so as a result IBD can significantly affect the quality of an individual’s life. Up until now, conventional medicine has taken a linear view of treatment options by focusing only on addressing and commonly suppressing symptoms, ignoring the impact of the whole person; their mind, body or lifestyle, causing many people continuing the struggle. (2)

 

In contrast, I always recommend the functional medicine approach to Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) which is the most healing road to optimal health. I focus on addressing the root cause of the imbalance that is generating the symptoms. To do this, I rely majorly on tools and methods, including but not limited to: food plan and balanced nutrition, lifestyle modifications, acupuncture, homeopathy and mindfulness therapy.

Why Mor's Nutrition & More?

Too often, people think of “wellness” in temporary terms. They want to work with doctors and take short-term steps, like medication, to improve annoying symptoms but never deal with unhealthy routines and lifestyle choices that created the illness in the first place.

After years of seeing this happen with individuals like you, Chen Ben Asher opened a functional and integrative nutritional clinic that not only helps people improve their overall wellness and health, but also give them the tools and coaching to successfully continue their journey for the rest of their lives.​

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Ways you can Manage Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Carefully Select and Prepare Sources of Fiber

Fiber is an essential component of our diets. It can sometimes be problematic for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, especially during disease flares. It is beneficial to consume more soluble fiber during a disease flare and lessen the intake of insoluble fiber. (3) Kindly CONTACT me to discuss your exact symptoms so I will give tips for making food selection easier and minimizing the negative effects of certain fibers when the gut is inflamed.

Eat A Variety of Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are important sources of many nutrients and are essential to a healthy diet. Tolerance for vegetables and fruits varies among people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To ease discomfort during a disease flare, select vegetables and fruits that are easier to digest, such as well-cooked asparagus and potatoes, applesauce and melons. Remove the skin (the insoluble fiber part) and avoid the seeds. Eat cooked vegetables rather than raw vegetables during a flare. Steaming vegetables until they are very soft preserves more of the nutrients than boiling them. Avoid vegetables with a tough skin. Some vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, have a tendency to produce gas. It is best to avoid eating these if gas is a problem for you. Vegetable stock is a good source of nutrients that can be used for making soup, or added to rice or pasta. It is also a good liquid to use when cooking vegetables. During a disease flare, soft fleshy fruits are well tolerated. Avoid skins and seeds and cook fruits when diarrhea is severe. (4)

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Select The Right Grains

Grains include wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley and others. These grains are used to make products such as bread, pasta, oatmeal and breakfast cereal. In their natural form, grains have three components: bran, germ and endosperm. Whole grain products contain all three.

Refined grains have been milled to remove the bran and germ, and they have a finer texture. Grains are important sources of fiber, B vitamins and minerals (such as iron, magnesium and selenium). Nutritionists often recommend eating whole grain products because the process of refining grains removes some of the iron and B vitamins. But this is not always advisable

for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease because the insoluble fiber in the bran and germ may be irritating, especially during a flare. (5)

 

During a disease flare, foods containing refined grains are generally easier to digest. Most refined grain products are enriched with B vitamins and iron, so you won’t be missing these nutrients. Avoid bread and other grain products that contain seeds and nuts. Potato bread, French bread and sourdough are all good choices. If you reduce your fiber intake during a flare, slowly increase the amount you consume when you are feeling better. Start by adding only a few grams per week. (6)

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Choose The Best Sources of Protein

Meat, seafood, beans, eggs, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of protein. They also provide B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and B6), vitamin E, iron, zinc, magnesium and other nutrients. Animal proteins (fish, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, and dairy) contain all the essential amino acids. Vegan sources of protein may not contain all amino acids but can be eaten in combination to provide all necessary protein. Other sources of protein include soy-based products, legumes and grains. Eat a variety of protein sources to ensure that you consume all the required amino acids. In order to fight symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, you will need to eat increased amounts of protein when experiencing inflammation or when recovering from inflammation. (7)

In general, it’s best to choose lean or low-fat cuts of meat and poultry. This is especially important during disease flares. This is because excess fat can lead to poor absorption and may worsen symptoms. Before cooking meat, trim away any visible fat. Eat fish, especially fish that contains omega-3 fatty acids, like tuna and salmon, and try smooth nut butters.

Get Enough Calcium

Calcium consumption is especially important for people with IBD. To meet your calcium needs without a supplement, aim to eat at least three to four servings of calcium-rich foods daily. Sources of calcium include milk (regular, lactose-free, calciumfortified almond or soy), yogurt, cheese, calcium-fortified orange juice and canned fish. Dark green vegetables contain less calcium but they have great nutritional value and are excellent sources of folic acid. If you aren’t getting the recommended amount of calcium in your diet, you can add a calcium supplement. (8)

Summary

Functional medicine’s approach to Inflammatory Bowel Disease is like building a house, starting by building a foundation which is a healthy lifestyle, a healthy environment, and a personalized food plan. We return to the roots and start to cultivate a healthy inner environment (a strong microbiome) that supports the rest of the body. Managing inflammatory diseases of the bowel can be challenging when you consider the fact that the genes, food, gut microbes and disrupted immune function all contribute to this disorder. I will recommend you  CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where I’ll start by addressing the underlying cause of the problem.

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Take The Next Step and Schedule Today

Do you experience symptoms such diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, fatigue and weight loss during times of disease flares? Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation where I’ll walk you through the root cause of the symptoms. We will identify the key areas that need support and give necessary support to show what needs to be done uniquely for your case. Chen Ben Asher will give you her best care recommendations and and give recommendations based on what’s happening inside your body on a cellular level, in a bid to achieve optimum results. Be rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as we look for the root cause!

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Working With A Functional Nutritionist

Weight Loss and Digestion | Functional Nutrition provides a personalized, holistic, and integrative approach towards better health, healing, relief, and well-being.
The process typically starts with a comprehensive initial evaluation that includes a review of your individual medical history as well as any necessary lab work such as food allergy testing. We also learn your current eating and lifestyle habits so we can optimize them and reduce any negative impact these choices might have on your health.

Weight Loss and Digestion | Once your needs and current nutritional support and lifestyle are understood, the process of nutritional consulting includes everything from food and cooking recommendations to education on why certain foods and nutrients are helpful or harmful. We also discuss functional and targeted supplementation where needed.
Most importantly, we take a practical approach to our work. It does not help you to give you recommendations that don’t work for you or aren’t realistic with your schedule and obligations.
Most importantly, we offer a coaching component to make sure you have all the emotional support and encouragement you need to believe in and make the choices that will promote health and healing within your body.

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Perhaps you have questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a client. Our client coordinator is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Mor’s Nutrition & More is right for you.

If you or your loved ones might be suffering from gut related issues, please contact me to schedule a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation. I can help you find relief—even if you've tried most traditional solutions.

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  • Initial Nutritional Evaluation
  • Comprehensive Personal Nutrition Consultation & Coaching
  • Personalized Therapeutic Nutritional Consulting
  • Nutritional Supplements & Supplement Guidance
  • Testing Guidance
  • Educational Workshops & Groups

Sample Program

Every program is different, but a typical client might expect the following:

  • Comprehensive Intake
  • Diet & Nutritional Evaluation 
  • Medical History & Family History Review
  • Medication & Food Supplements Review
  • Blood Test Analysis Guidance
  • Comprehensive Nutritional Recommendations
  • Food Shopping Guidance
  • Cooking & Food Preparation Guidance
  • Herbs & Food Supplements
  • Weekly or Bi-Weekly Sessions
  • Educational Materials & Resources
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